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Access and Inclusion

The Access and Inclusion team can help you:

We can assist at any stage of your studies, including prior to applying.

Who can benefit from our service?

If your studies are impacted by any of the following circumstances, you are eligible to register with Access and Inclusion:

  • Disability
  • Short-term or long-term medical conditions
  • Mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression
  • Primary carer responsibilities
  • Domestic or family violence
  • Emergency volunteer
  • Defence reservist
  • Cultural or religious observance – for example, Ramadan.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students 

International and exchange students

How can we help?

Access and Inclusion will work with you and the relevant staff to make adjustments to your studies. These adjustments are detailed in your Access Plan.

Contact Access and Inclusion

Gather information

  1. Complete the registration form (PDF 1.2MB) (we have a text-to-speech friendly version (docx 24KB)).
  2. Have a relevant professional complete your support form (PDF 129KB) (we have a text-to-speech friendly version (docx 29KB)).

Meet

Make an appointment online to develop an Access Plan.

Hard copies of the Registration and Support forms are available from our office, or we can post them to you.

What supporting documents do I need?

You will need to provide supporting documents from a relevant professional (for example, doctor or psychologist).

You can download the support form (PDF 129KB) (there is also a text-to-speech friendly version). Alternatively, you can provide a letter or report from your professional that addresses the following points:

  • What is the condition or circumstance affecting you?
  • What is the anticipated duration of the condition or circumstance?
  • How do the condition or circumstance impact access to and participation in your study?
  • What are the professional’s recommendations for adjustments?

Reasonable adjustments

CDU makes reasonable adjustments to ensure all students can participate in tertiary education on the same basis.

Access and Inclusion work collaboratively with you, relevant staff, and the people who support you to determine adjustments. All reasonable adjustments must be approved by the course coordinator and, when relevant, the placement office.

Examples of adjustments include:

  • Assistive technology and software
  • Accessible formatting of learning materials
  • Physical access arrangements
  • Modified assessment conditions (including examinations)
  • Modified placement conditions

Adjustments are detailed in your Access Plan.

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Access Plan

Coursework adjustments are detailed in your Access Plan.

We recommend you send your Access Plan to your teaching staff at the beginning of each unit.

Placement Plan

Adjustments relevant to placements, practicums, field trips, or other similar activities are detailed in your Placement Plan.

When will my Access Plan expire?

The expiry of your Access Plan or Placement Plan is determined by the anticipated duration of your condition or circumstance. The expiry date for your plan is determined by your medical documetation.

Meeting the inherent requirements of your study

Inherent requirements are the essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the abilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Reasonable adjustments can be made to enable students to meet these standards.

If you are a prospective or current student and have questions about the inherent requirements of your course, please find your course in the course catalogue and check if there are any inherent requirements.

Confidentiality

Your confidentiality is protected under CDU’s Privacy and Confidentiality Policy (PDF 797KB).

You have control over your Access Plan and can choose whether to send the plan to your teaching staff. 

Including personal details of your circumstances in your Access Plan is optional. You can include information that you want your teaching staff to know, or all information can be kept confidential and the plan will only include your adjustments.